Alex Ovechkin's OT goal lifts Capitals over Ducks

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his game-winning during overtime of an NHL hockey game as Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) skates away, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Alex Ovechkin scored on a slap shot at 1:58 of overtime, and the Washington Capitals rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 Saturday night for their sixth straight win at home.

Ovechkin's 23rd goal of the season came on a blast from the top of the right circle that beat Anaheim's John Gibson.

Washington took only 15 shots over the first 40 minutes and trailed 2-0 before Nicklas Backstrom knocked in the rebound of a shot by Ovechkin at 3:05 of the third period.

Evgeny Kuznetsov tied it just over four minutes later, beating Gibson on the stick side with a shot from the left circle.

Braden Holtby had 28 saves for the Capitals, who have won in a row and 10 of 12.

Washington never got a chance to unleash its power play, ranked seventh in the NHL at 20.8 percent. Anaheim was called for only one penalty, against Kevin Bieksa for fighting in the first period against Tom Wilson.

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Derek Grant and Jakob Silfverberg scored for the Ducks, who opened a six-game road trip with a win in St. Louis on Thursday night. Anaheim appeared poised to build on that victory before Washington came back.

The Ducks went on the power play only once, and cashed in. Silfverberg made it 2-0 at 7:36 of the second period, deflecting a shot by Ryan Getzlaf just five seconds after Andre Burakovsky went to the penalty box for hooking.

Derek Grant got the scoring started at 16:01 of the first period, skating down the right side on a 2-on-1 with Dennis Rasmussen before flicking a shot past Holtby's right shoulder.

NOTES: Washington RW T.J. Oshie missed sixth straight game (upper body injury). ... Anaheim D Hampus Lindholm (upper body) returned after a five-game absence but LW Nick Ritchie (upper body) missed a third consecutive game. ... The Capitals are 33-8-7 in December under coach Barry Trotz, who took over in 2014. ... Washington RW Devante Smith-Pelly played in his 300th NHL game. The first 129 were with Anaheim. ... The teams conclude the two-game season series on March 6 in Anaheim.


Anaheim: At New Jersey on Monday night.

Washington: At Dallas on Tuesday night, the first of four straight road games.

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